Australia looks set to follow both the UK/European Union with UN ECE R104 and the USA FMVSS 108 – in requiring mandatory Heavy Vehicle Visibility markings. It is unclear yet when this legislation will be put in place but it is expected to come in during 2017.

Regardless of the legislation there are a number of studies that have shown the dramatic reduction in accidents and injuries as a result of implementing Heavy visibility markings. The Australian trucking association has produced an excellent review of the research and material to date in its Heavy Vehicle Visibility Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP).

To access and of the Heavy Vehicle Visibility research we suggest you go to: www.fta.co.uk . This is the Freight Transport Association of the UK.

The benefits of having conspicuity tapes on heavy vehicles is overwhelming. So when looking at having your new Heavy Vehicle branded or when looking into new Truck Curtains we recommend that you build this into your branding now. The cost reduction from reduction in accidents and driver safety will cover the costs of the Hi-viz striping across your fleet in less than 12 months. This is just the direct cost from reduction in accidents and doesn’t take into account the the lost on-road time.

For HV Visibility tape the Australia legislation based on ADR 13/00 is consistent with current lighting requirements on vehicles

HV Visibility Tape

• White [head lights] to the front
• Yellow [side marker lights] to the side
• Red [brake and stop lights] to the rear

These visibility markings are recommended for all vehicles with GVM or GTM greater than 4.5 tonnes. Specific requirements exist as to how the HV Visibility tape should be applied on various vehicle types.

So contact Liberty Signs to arrange for us to see how we can help you manage this transition and also make your fleet safer.